Getting More Immersed with Indiewire


  The Penske Media purchase of Indiewire has resulted in an expansion of my role as crafts and awards season contributor.  Beginning this week, I begin Emmy coverage of below-the-line contenders along with my usual Oscar season crafts reporting, working closely

Immersed in Blu-ray: Hitchcock and Bogart


The WB Archive Collection gets Hitch and Bogie on Blu-ray and they've never looked better for home viewing. In Kent Jones' indispensable doc, Hitchcock/Truffaut, he reminds us that Truffaut was on a mission to correct misconceptions about Hitch as a lightweight

Immersed in Books: Farber on Film


For the first time, the complete writings of film critic Manny Farber is available from Library of America, edited by Robert Polito (Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson). Manny Farber (1917-2008) was the first modernist film critic to write like a modernist.

Music

Trailering Big Eyes from Tim Burton

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Watch the initial trailer for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes (Christmas Day, TWC), his first Oscar contender since Big Fish. Read more

Oscar Watch: Previewing the Craft Awards

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Events, Movies, Music, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Sound, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The crafts buzz has already started with Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki’s extraordinary “continuous take” in Alejandro Iñárritu’s  Birdman. Will the experimental cinematographer snag his second Academy Award in a row after Gravity? Or will 11-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins (just as digitally cutting edge) finally win his elusive prize for Unbroken, the epic biopic directed by Angelina Jolie about the late Olympian war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell)? That’s probably the biggest mini-drama that will play out in this year’s below-the-line awards competition. Read more

Frozen Returns with a Fever Short

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While there’s no feature sequel yet for Frozen, the gang will return in the Frozen Fever short, which will debut spring 2015.

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Immersed in Blu-Ray: Criterion, Disney, WB, Twilight

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There’s plenty of movie watching on Blu-ray this summer from our good friends at Criterion, Disney, Warner Bros., and Twilight Time. Read more

Gunn Talks Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy is the most irreverent Marvel departure so far, and, thanks to comedy writer-director James Gunn (Slither, Super), we’re reminded that sci-fi can be fun. What’s old is new again. But even though it wasn’t his intention to give us a nostalgia trip while creating his own colorful galaxy of rogues and villains, it’s an occupational hazard of turning archetypes on their heads. Read more

First Trailering of Into the Woods

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Not surprisingly, Meryl Streep steals the spotlight in the first teaser for Disney’s  Into the Woods (opening Christmas Day), commanding, “Go to the wood!”  But there’s only a hint that it’s a musical and Stephen Sondheim’s association is hidden until the end.  Read more

Trailering Unbroken From Angelina Jolie

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Books, Cinematography, Editing, Movies, Music, Production Design, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Watch the first trailer from Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, Unbroken (Christmas Day), which, at first glance, evokes Chariots of Fire and The Bridge on the River Kwai. Read more

Trailering Gone Girl from David Fincher

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Watch the new trailer for Gone Girl (Oct. 3) and enter the chilly grasp of David Fincher once again. Read more

Ottman Talks Multitasking on Days of Future Past

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It’s hard enough wearing two hats as editor and composer for Bryan Singer, but the trippy, time-traveling X-Men: Days of Future Past offered some additional challenges for John Ottman. “I think we both look fondly upon the experience we had on X-Men 2 and we wanted to relive that a bit so coming back to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen allowed us to fulfill that and then expand upon the thing and make it more epic,” he says. Read more

Disney Parks Offers 24-Hour Celebration

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Disney Parks will kick off the summer travel season with a 24-hour, coast-to-coast celebration that invites guests to “Rock Your Disney Side” at three Disney theme parks — Disneyland Park and Disney CaliforniaAdventure Park at the Disneyland Resort in California, and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Read more

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